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A List of Things that Didn't Kill Me
Transcript of A List of Things that Didn't Kill Me
Main Plot Arcs
Mark raises Jason by himself and is abusive. He's constantly arrested for possession of drugs and drug use and gets evicted often. When Jason is a teenager, it is revealed that he is in a homosexual relationship.
Jason Schmidt begins his memoir with a memory of him coming home to find his father in a pool of his own blood, in which he is rushed to the ER by taxi. After handing his father off to the proper authorities, he looks down in dread as he realizes he's made a big mistake: allowing his father's poisonous blood to come into contact with his skin. He goes through the story of how his dad developed HIV and describes an abusive lifestyle Jason had to suffer through.
Jason Schmidt is the main character of this book, as is his father, Mark Schmidt. These are the only three reoccurring characters in the story.
My Opinion of the Book
I LOVED this book.
Jason overcomes abuse, a lack of friendships due to moving, moving in general, deaths, and he somehow survives the outbreak of AIDs and HIV.
This book is set in the AIDs outbreak in America, and the characters move around a lot. A great portion of the story is set in California.